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Wishbone, Lucky Charm Bird Bones

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Wishbone, Lucky Charm Bird Bones
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Quantity: 1 wishbone
Available in 3 sizes: Small 2" to 2.25" (5.08 cm to 5.715 cm), Medium 4" (10.16 cm), Large 4.5"-5.5" (11.43 cm to 13.97 cm)

The tradition of making a wish on a "wishbone" started with the ancient Romans, who pulled apart chicken clavicles—formally know as the bird’s furcula—in hopes of achieving good fortune.

It was believed that the birds were oracles that could predict the future and preserving this bone would allow people access to the bird’s mystical powers even after eating it.

According to legend, the custom evolved into breaking the wish bone into two because of good old fashioned supply and demand; there simply weren’t enough wishbones to go around. The solution? Groups of two began to wish on the same bird bone and then snap the clavicle in half. The person who got the bigger half was deemed the winner and granted their wish.

The practice made it to England in the 16th century, where this lucky charm was referred to as “merrythought.” In the New World, Pilgrims played tug-of-war with the bones of the more plentiful wild turkey, explains Kathleen Wall, a Colonial culinarian at the Plimoth Plantation museum, in Plymouth, Massachusetts.

The term "wishbone" didn’t emerge until the mid-1800s, around the time President Lincoln declared Thanksgiving a national holiday. What hasn’t changed is the rules: Each person grabs an end and gives a yank. If you get the bigger piece, your wish will be granted. How's that for lucky?

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